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Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Carrie

I have been having headaches since I was in my early 20’s and I am now 51. So, you can tell I have been going through this for a while. I have been on various medications, both preventive and abortive. They range from Fiorinal, Topamax, Aleve, Imitrex, Excedrin Migraine, Neurontin, Treximet, DHE 45 injections, and hormone replacement therapy.

Currently, I am trying out a new machine that pumps cold or hot water into a mask and doing relaxation exercises. I struggle because most of the symptoms are managed, but there is no specific “cure” for me. Other things complicate my case because I have a mood disorder and am trying to reduce my stress. My daughter is 11 and struggles with ADHD and a chronic anemia problem. I have had a gynecologist, a neurologist, and two headache specialists, but I keep on trying because life is too short to let pain get in the way.

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